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Profession: Novelist, Writer, Essayist
Date of Birth: Aug 17, 1959
Ethnicity: Swedish American
Country: United States of America
Jonathan Franzen is an American novelist and essayist with a net worth of $70 million. Jonathan Franzen has earned his wealth as a National Book Award winning author and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois and raised in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. He has been publishing novels since 1988.
Jonathan Earl Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His third novel, The Corrections (2001), a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist. His most recent novel, Freedom, was published in August 2010.
He is known for his 1996 Harper's essay Perchance to Dream bemoaning the state of literature, and for various controversies including the 2001 selection of The Corrections for Oprah Winfrey's book club and his October 2010 declaration (in an interview for The Guardian) that "America is almost a rogue state." Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine.
Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois, the son of Irene (n'ee Super) and Earl T. Franzen. His father, raised in Minnesota, was of Swedish descent. Franzen grew up in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in German in 1981. As part of his undergraduate education, he studied abroad in Germany during the 1979-80 academic year with Wayne State University's Junior Year in Munich program. He also studied on a Fulbright Scholarship at Freie Universit"at Berlin in Berlin in 1981-82. From these experiences, he speaks fluent German. Upon graduation Franzen got married and moved with his wife to Boston to pursue a career as a novelist. When this plan fell through, they relocated to New York, in 1987, where Franzen managed to sell his first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City.
The Twenty-Seventh City, published in 1988, is set in Franzen's hometown, St. Louis, and deals with the city's fall from grace, St. Louis having been the "fourth city" in the 1870s. This sprawling novel was warmly received and established Franzen as an author to watch. In a conversation with novelist Donald Antrim for BOMB Magazine, Franzen described The Twenty-Seventh City as "a conversation with the literary figures of my parents' generation[,] th

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